Child abuse: Operator of childcare centre did not comply with the law, says ministry

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  • Saturday, 08 Apr 2023

PUTRAJAYA: A Social Welfare Department-registered childcare centre that was allegedly involved in child abuse cases was found to have not complied with the Child Care Centre Act 1984.

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry said this was discovered following an inspection by the department on March 29.

"The operator has been issued a warning notice to make improvements immediately and is in the process of temporarily closing the centre for the purpose of providing a safe environment for children and improving the quality of care at the taska," it said in a statement today (April 8).

It said the ministry viewed the issue seriously and will not compromise on the safety of children at childcare centres under the department.

"It is the responsibility of taska operators to monitor the babysitters to ensure that the children are safe.

“If there is negligence on the part of the babysitter that results in injury to the child, immediate action should be done by reporting the matter to the department and police," it said.

According to the ministry, the department will work with the police to ensure that the children who are victims get proper justice.

The ministry also requests the cooperation of all parties, especially parents, to report any issues relating to child abuse to the police.

They can also report to Talian Kasih at 15999 and through WhatsApp at 019-261 5999, which operates 24 hours a day, or directly visit any of the nearest district social welfare offices. - Bernama

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